The PME diploma courses were introduced by Knightsbrige PME in 2006 and I have been teaching them since 2009
In the last few years the PME courses have become increasingly popular due in part to the way the courses are structured towards people who are wanting to set up their own cake decorating business and also the fact that there are so few courses in cake decoration around now where you can gain a certificate on completion.
PMEhave broken the courses down into 3 modules royal icing and piping skills, sugarpaste and sugar flowers. Of the 3 I believe it’s the royal icing module that requires the most skill and patience and without exception the one that students would say was the most demanding. If you are not prepared to practice the techniques regularly and have patience above and beyond then this isn’t the module for you! However I would say it’s possibly the one that most would say they have immense pride in achieving.
The sugarpaste module concentrates on all the up to date skills of fabric effects, frilling, modelling , ruffles and also the stacking and dowelling of a 2 tier wedding cake. Help and advice is given on colour choice and design of your cakes. The course is really interesting and one that you mustn’t miss if you want to know all the basics.
My main area of expertise and the subject I find most enjoyable is the teaching of the sugar flowers module. Flowers have always been my passion, whether it be seeing them growing in the garden, in the wild or arranging them in a vase. Watching students producing the most beautiful sugar creations and their surprise at what they are able to achieve is still something I find so rewarding.
When all 3 modules have been completed you are then presented with your Master’s certificate but unfortunately not the cap and gown! However you may rest assured that you will feel that you have achieved something very worthwhile.